Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review
As much as I’ve always wanted to try the real Beauty Blender, I could never bring myself to spending $20 on a sponge. One sponge! Unless there’s some real magic or gold in there, I can’t justify the price. Especially for something that I will have to replace somewhat frequently and that will also, most likely, harvest bacteria. When it became so popular, every company out there starting releasing their own versions. I knew there’d be a good one somewhere, I just had to be patient. I’ve never even touched the real Beauty Blender to compare, but I knew most of the replicas weren’t even close because they were too hard and dense to be able to work efficiently. I heard all positive reviews about the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and decided to give it a try.
I've had excellent experiences with other Real Techniques tools before and this sponge is no exception! It isn’t a new product by any means and I’d say I’ve probably repurchased it three or four times--not including the ones I put in mini beauty mason jars for Christmas last year. Compared to the $20 Beauty Blender at Sephora, you can purchase this at Ulta and other drugstores for $6.99 or $10.99 for a twin pack. The price difference still amazes me, especial when considering the quality.
The obvious immediate difference between this and the Beauty Blender is the shape. The Beauty Blender has a point on one end and a flat bottom on the other. Whereas the Miracle Complexion Sponge has the same point on one end but is angled on the other end. Just thinking about the different ways it can be used, the Real Techniques option has more variety. I have some other brushes I’m currently obsessed with for blending foundation and concealer, but I always go back over with this sponge once I’m done to make sure it’s all blended flawlessly and that there are no brush stroke marks. I’ve also been practicing the baking technique with powder and this sponge does the job beautifully.
The size of the sponge is just right, not too small and difficult to work with but not too bulky either. The ones shown in the picture are dry, I like to keep a spray bottle by my desk because it blends product out better when it’s damp, adds some hydration to the skin, and prevents cake face. The advantage of having two is that you’ll always have a clean one handy and you have the option to switch them out during application if you don’t want to use the same one for liquid and powder.
These sponges can be used for anything and everything when applying makeup to the face and have changed my routine dramatically. You do want to make sure you clean them regularly to prevent bacteria breeding, like I mentioned earlier. You also may want to pay extra attention when applying liquid foundation or concealer because it is a sponge and it will absorb the excess--potentially wasting product. I’m so impressed with the amazing job that Real Techniques did on these and highly recommend giving them a try. If you do, I’d love to hear your experiences! Hope you have a beautiful day! :)